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  • Lifespan Programs and Clinics for Adults

    Meaningful improvement of community health status occurs in neighborhoods, as well as in hospitals, through a variety of outreach efforts to protect and promote the health of all members of our communities. Lifespan strives to do this through coordination of health education and prevention programs and services within Lifespan and its partners and with other community health providers.

    Lifespan Community Health Services

    We provide immunizations, cancer prevention workshops and screenings, blood pressure and cholesterol screenings, and stroke support groups. Education is also a large part of our mission, and we offer healthy lifestyle sessions (Healthwise) and heart health workshops in English and Spanish. We provide education on breast health, the importance of sunscreen, and the dangers of smoking.

    We also educate and train people in skills ranging from healthy eating to lifesaving CPR techniques. The Lifespan Community Training Center certified or re-certified almost 9,000 class participants in all disciplines of life support—basic life support, advanced cardiac life support, and pediatric advanced life support.

    Lifespan also collaborates with community groups on numerous programs and partnerships designed to keep people healthy and out of the hospital. Many of these programs are broad in scope, benefiting people from all walks of life.

    • The Immunology Center is the largest provider of outpatient care in Rhode Island for patients with infectious diseases. Through the center’s Community Infectious Disease Prevention Clinic, The Miriam Hospital coordinates with the Rhode Island Department of Health to provide key prevention, counseling, testing and treatment services for HIV, sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), viral hepatitis and tuberculosis.
    • The University Medicine Travel Clinic provides up-to-date preventive care for international travelers, including both recommended and required vaccinations, and counseling on infectious diseases prevention. The travel clinic also provides care for travelers who return home with an illness.
    • The RISE Clinic is the only dedicated tuberculosis (TB) clinic in the state of Rhode Island, and is supported by the Rhode Island Department of Health. The clinic provides expert consultation and care for all forms of both active and latent TB, as well as evaluation of patients who have potentially been exposed and are at risk.
    • The Lyme Disease Clinic specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of patients with Lyme disease. The clinic’s team of infectious diseases specialists treats patients with acute and chronic Lyme disease and other tick-borne illnesses, such as ehrlichiosis and babesiosis.
    Lifespan offers health screenings for blood glucose, blood pressure, cholesterol, and skin cancer, and body fat analysis.
    • Lifespan offers health screenings for blood glucose, blood pressure, cholesterol, and skin cancer, and body fat analysis. Our workshops and seminars cover arthritis, diabetes, heart health, and breast health education; hypertension and stroke awareness; women’s wellness; parenting education; life support and CPR training; and tobacco use prevention classes for students, among others. Our health education programs are offered at Lifespan hospitals and in the community. Many are scheduled on a continual basis or can be requested as a special program or part of a community health fair.
    • The Lifespan Community Training Center offers life support training programs for both the general public and for health care providers. For information about all CPR and life support training classes or to schedule participation, please contact Marianne Stepanian at 401-444-8063 or
      • Advanced Life Support Certification and Re-certification for Health Care Providers classes provide instruction in advanced cardiac life support and pediatric advanced life support, and are designed specifically for physicians, nurses, paramedics, emergency medical technicians, respiratory therapists, physical and occupational therapists, physicians’ assistants, nursing students, nurses’ aides, medical or nursing assistants and other allied health personnel.
      • Heartsaver CPR/AED classes are designed for employees in the workplace, daycare employees, babysitters, firefighters, police, airline personnel, security guards, family members of patients at high risk for sudden cardiac death, and anyone else who may have a need to respond to an emergency. Classes teach participants how to perform CPR and use an AED (automated external defibrillator). An American Heart Association course completion card, valid for two years, will be issued upon completion of the course.
      • The Heartsaver First Aid course is a video-based, instructor-led classroom course that teaches students critical skills for responding to and managing an emergency in the first few minutes, until emergency medical services arrives. Students learn skills such as how to treat bleeding, sprains, broken bones, shock and other first aid emergencies.
      • CPR for Family and Friends is designed for school children, family members of patients at risk for sudden cardiac death, and other people who want to learn rescue skills.
      • The Heartsaver Bloodborne Pathogens course is designed to meet Occupational Safety and Health Administration requirements for bloodborne pathogens training when paired with site-specific instruction. The course can be completed in approximately one hour, creating an efficient stand-alone course or add-on to first aid or CPR training.
    • Healthwise is a program that helps people make better health decisions. Workshop participants learn how to prevent health problems though healthy behaviors and use evidence-based decision-making to avoid unnecessary medical care. The program also provides participants with a handbook that explains how to deal with common health problems, partner with doctors, better manage chronic diseases, stay healthy, and avoid unnecessary costs. Healthwise’s online resource provides comprehensive, up-to-date, evidence-based, and consumer friendly health information.
    • Lifespan offers monthly educational sessions for professionals and others who work with the community through social service, faith-based, or other agencies that provide direct service to Rhode Island’s underserved populations. Lifespan experts provide education on a variety of health topics, up-to-date data on trending issues, and information about available resources. Attendees can then apply what they learn from the experts to their work in the community.
    • Newport Hospital’s Arthritis Foundation has several physical activities programs that provide ways for arthritis sufferers to enjoy the benefits and pleasure of exercise. Programs include the Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program; the Arthritis Foundation Tai Chi Program; and the Arthritis Foundation Walk with Ease Program, all held at the Vanderbilt Rehabilitation Center at Newport Hospital.
    • Every month, many invaluable support groups are provided through Lifespan’s partner organizations. Support groups can be a source of inspiration and strength. It helps to know there are others who think and feel like we do. Call the Lifespan Health Connection at 401-444-4800 or 1-800-927-1230 for specific meeting information.
    • Lifespan provides speakers on a wide variety of health topics. Contact Robin Zaman at 401-444-8009 or for information.